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Junrei
Hashimoto Osamu Inquired the Postwar Times
Date:06, Apr, 2020
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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Hashimoto Osamu (1948-2019) released Junrei in 2009 January. Have you ever heard Hashimoto Osamu? Probably no. He was a Japanese novelist, researcher, critic, director, and illustrator. What was his principal occupation? you might guess. His regular business was writing novels, but he was too many-talented to be intelligible.

In fact, I had never read his writings until he passed away. He was gone for pneumonia in 2019 January, and somehow I took some of his criticisms in 2019 fall. I wondered. I revered him with a lot of insight. Why wasn't he so popular in spite of his remarkable intelligence? I truly thought so. And I was interested in his novels. I took "Junrei" without any reason.

I read. I wondered again. What on earth was this? I thought. The descriptive parts are so chatty to explain a lot. Hashimoto Osamu was outstanding at explaining something, said Uchida Tatsuru. By the way, according to Hashimoto's own interpretation, his novels were basically realism in the 19th century.

The story begins with one house overflowing with garbage in a quiet residential street. It smells so bad, and annoys the local residents so much. An old man lives in the house.

It has 3 chapters. What do they tell? I guess they talk about the postwar times in Japan. The old man has normally lived the times. But he happened to live in a dirty house somehow. It describes he was an usual person in a town. He was born as the elder son of a household goods store in the war. He grew up as the postwar times went on. He commonly worked and got married. Nothing special happened upon him. It means he might easily be you and me.

Why did a normal man happen to live in the house overflowing with garbage? What made him so? And what do the postwar times mean now? How did the times fruit in Japan? I suppose Hashimoto Osamu inquired it with the story.

Hashimoto Osamu, thank you for your wonderful novel.

about Junrei

・Written by Hashimoto Osamu
・Published by Shincho-sha





 

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